Thankful

Today after my morning Yoga, I went for a beautiful walk along a beach. The sun was shining, the sea was a deep blue, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and I could feel the suns heat on my arms and legs. 

I love walking, especially in stunning places; which Australia is filled with. I find it helps me to think through any problems I maybe facing or just to reminisce about life and although reminiscing makes me miss people, places, jobs or even just that time in my life. It makes me realise how much I loved what I was doing at that moment because if didn’t miss it, it means I wasn’t happy or enjoying myself. 

A lot of people say ‘never look back, the past is the past, you only need to look forward’ but I don’t think that’s true. I believe looking back is an amazing tool, it reminds you of mistakes you’ve made before… yes, they maybe embarrassing or sad but to look back and remember them means you hopefully won’t make the same mistake again. Looking back helps you to see how far you have come, how much you have grown and all you have achieved. Reminiscing on happy memories is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give yourself, not only does it keep your mind working, memories are something no one can take away from you. They are yours forever, unique to you and looking back on them just means you are keeping them fresh in your mind. When you remember certain parts of an event it’s because of how you were feeling in that moment, so looking back on happy memories will only make you feel that same emotion again. Sometimes we need a pick me up and you never know you might just find it in the past; maybe a memory where you and your best friend couldn’t stop laughing, you could barely breathe? I’m sure that would bring a smile, maybe even a chuckle. 

It’s not just remembering events, it’s remembering the people too. Whether you are still in contact or not, remembering them allows you to understand what impact they had on your life; was it good or bad? What did you learn from them? I believe everyone comes into your life for a reason, no matter how long they are there. There is always something to be taken from meeting them and the situations you face together. 

Today I walked for over 2 hours, just looking back on school days, university days, my time over the last few years in different jobs and I had a huge smile on my face because I’ve been one lucky girl with the life I have lead so far. And no, I haven’t any regrets because I remember being told a little saying (by a lovely lady I met at university (Naomi Huggins)) which was ‘You should never regret anything because at the time it’s what you wanted’ and that has always stuck with me since she said it to me. 

Today I am just feeling so thankful for the life I have been lucky enough to live and I am so thankful to everyone past and present who has been able to share in it so far, even the people who I may not see eye to eye with because they’ve taught me something just by being there. 

As I was walking along today, reminsing, I decided to stop and look up, out across the water to the horizon. I closed my eyes and took a moment to feel the sun against my skin, listening to the waves and feeling my feet heavy on the sand. I just wanted to take this time to be thankful for my life, to be thankful for my wonderful family and my amazing friends, past and present because without them I wouldn’t of had the amazing memories I have today; which I will cherish for forever. So thank you to you all, you are all amazing. 

Life isn’t about material things, like how many shoes you have or having the best car. It’s about making memories, spreading some joy and love to those around you. No matter how long they will be in your life. It’s about enjoying the here and now and being thankful for all you have. 

Live for the moment but never forget your past…

Lauren 💛

Just getting started…

So here I am, after much debate (with my indecisive self) I have decided to start my first ever blog. I have so many experiences and ideas I want to share with you, that at the moment I’m not sure which direction this blog will head in or what I will blog about yet but I’m sure the more I write and as my journey progresses the blog will grow and mould as I do. I’ve never really been one for writing, being dyslexic, it isn’t the easiest of tasks (especially when it’s going on the internet for all to see! Nervous much?!) but a bit of a challenge has never stopped me. I love a challenge! and I’ll never know if I enjoy blogging or what could become of it, unless I give it ago!
So let me introduce myself,
My name is Lauren, I’m 24 and I’m currently living in Western Australia. I flew out on a one way ticket by myself to my wonderful cousin Mark and his girlfriend Jenny. I landed in Oz with no plans, just an open mind and my working visa. I gave up my job as a Professional Dancer/ Dance Captain in the U.K and sold nearly all my belongings, ready to start my Oz adventure. I came out here not only to see and find some amazing places and people but also to find myself. I’ve been a bit lost in the last few years back home and my future has seemed unclear. I felt like I needed a clean slate, to start again with a fresh view of the world.

I’ve now been in WA for 5 weeks and I have to say I feel like I’ve been here at least a year! I’ve accomplished a lot and I feel so at home already that I know I don’t want to leave! In these first 5 weeks I have changed so much within myself. I feel a great sense of calm and I’m very relaxed, a world a way from how I was back in England.
When I was younger I was really into collecting gemstones, astronomy, star signs and all that was ‘spiritual’ (not in the religious sense). I have always believed that everything in the universe is connected and everything emits different ‘energies’ into the atmosphere around it.  I’m a big believer in fate ‘what will be will be’…maybe even ‘everything happens for a reason’ , although sometimes it’s hard to find that reason. Anyway, I lost my spiritual connection for a while in my teen years but when I met an incredible lady just over a year ago, she unknowingly, slowly reconnected me with that world. As soon as we met I knew we would always be true friends. The first Monday I had in Oz, I took the train down to Fremantle where I met up with this incredible lady…the wonderful Jessica Clarke! We had the best day shopping, eating insanely good food, catching up and I even had the grand tour of the cruise ship Jess works on. However this isn’t the reason I’m tell you this story, even though I did have an amazing day. The reason I’m telling you this story is because that day Jess gave me some lovely belated birthday presents, within them was a Hematite gemstone and a little gold feather (which was to remind me to spread my wings and fly). Jess told me about how she’s really connected with her spiritual side and how good energies give back etc..and this is what has sparked my spiritual side back into full whack. I’ve been nonstop researching stars and gemstones, I’ve even had my palm and tarot cards read, as well as getting back into practicing yoga and meditation. And I have to say how amazing I feel, like I said at the start of my post, I have a great sense of calm inside, as well as feeling connected and grounded. I am the happiest right now than I have been in a very long time and I love it. Although I am still no closer to knowing yet what I want in life, feeling happier inside is a great start.

I’m sure throughout this blog I’ll be sharing my spiritual journey with you as well as my journey travelling around Australia and maybe even beyond!
I hope you enjoyed my first blog post, it only took me 5 hours on and off to write! Ha!

I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful day and I’ll be back with another blog soon!

Lauren x

Jessica and I on the ship
Myself, Mark and Jenny enjoying a drink watching the sunset